Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Mar 2009 18:43 UTC, submitted by elsewhere
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Any discussion about GNOME vs. KDE is sure to end in tears. It's basically impossible to discuss which of these two Free desktop environments is better than the other, mostly because they cater to different types of people, with different needs and expectatotions. As such, Bruce Byfield decided to look at the two platforms from a different perspective: if we consider their developmental processes, which of the two is most likely to be more successful in the coming years?
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kde vs gnome, qt vs gtk
by cycoj on Mon 30th Mar 2009 20:37 UTC
cycoj
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2007-11-04

I'm neither a Gnome nor KDE user, I use E17 here. However what annoys me about KDE is that KDE applications seem to be designed to only be running on a KDE desktop. Starting any KDE application usually takes forever on my machine, because of all the KDE libs that are being loaded. This makes me try to avoid KDE apps, although some are superior to the Gnome/GTK equivalents (e.g. digikam). Gnome apps on the other hand are quite different, for one it is not clear what is a Gnome and what's a GTK app, because although some GTK apps use Gnome desktop features they run fine without them.
This also brings me to my second point. Most applications which are not made for a specific desktop are GTK apps, why I get the impression that there's hardly any QT but non-KDE apps around. I'm actually quite interested in the technology behind QT and I believe it is currently a lot better than GTK but there's just no apps if I don't want to use KDE.

Cheers
Jochen

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